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THE BABES BLUF looks into how the decision to have children is affected by and affects national security. BLUF: For the sixth consecutive year, the American birth rate fell in 2020. Factors contributing to the decline include concern by the current childbearing generation over economic, political, and global instability. While valid concerns, continued population decline within…
RED, WHITE, AND REFORMED
THE BABES BLUF looks at the military reforms trying to improve a system of sexual assault. BLUF: Twenty thousand US military servicemembers experience sexual assault every year. But less than 8,000 report those sexual assaults and less than 5,000 choose a reporting type that includes a full-scale investigation. Due to the nature of the military’s…
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY… CRYPTO!
BLUF: Cryptocurrency is an extremely complicated online currency. In an effort to protect its users from potential global economic collapse, the online currency is decentralized from any governing authority and completely transparent. But cryptocurrency values have heavily fluctuated alongside perception of its success, leaving investors, analysts, and world leaders alike to question what crypto means…
LET’S TALK ABOUT SPACE, BABY
BLUF: The militarization of space isn’t new. It dates back to WWII — and Reagan was pretty into it, too. But the 2019 announcement of a new military branch, Space Force, kicked off a new national debate. At the end of the day, experts across the political spectrum agree that the threats and competition in…
TALKING TO THE CORN GODS: What does agriculture have to do with national security and foreign policy?
BLUF: By 2050, the demand for food worldwide is anticipated to increase by 59 to 98% and America is not prepared. With a massive decline in American farmers and climate change set to negatively impact the US but actually help our great power competitors, major domestic and foreign policy changes are needed to manage an inevitable crisis.
IS AMERICA REALLY MADE FOR YOU AND ME?
BLUF: America has been touted as a melting pot, a place where all are welcome. Yet, immigration to the United States is both extremely difficult and incredibly costly. However, while America may not welcome immigrants with open arms, legal and noncitizen immigrants contribute considerably to society in a way that America’s economy and innovation have…
A VANISHING ACT: Does America still have a middle class?
BLUF: The American middle class, while still in existence, has dramatically changed over the decades. What once worked well for achieving household success no longer guarantees security — at home or abroad.
Turning 30: we make plans, some higher power laughs
BLUF: More often than not, life does not go the way people plan. Statistically, it is not uncommon to wait longer, or never achieve, most major milestones.
THE UNFOLLOWING: social media circles in an era of political awakening
BLUF: Several studies have shown that Americans feel more polarized than ever. Unfriending/unfollowing on social media based on civil, dissenting opinions may contribute to deepening that divide.
1 vote, 2 vote, red vote, blue vote: understanding how general election votes are counted
BLUF: Vote counting processes and deadlines vary by state and county; however, rigorous checks are in place to ensure transparency. Vote counts are unofficial until they have been canvassed, certified, and sent to the U.S. Congress. The Electoral College casts their votes based on certified state results on December 14.
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